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, actually helped the nra get it passed? no surprise that there's a big dose of politics involved here. jim acosta tonight is keeping them honest. >> reporter: when president obama signed national health care reform into law, few in washington knew that buried in the legislation's more than 900 pages was a gift to the nation's powerful gun lobby. but here it is. a provision entitled "protection of second amendment rights." it states, "the government and health insurers cannot collect any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition." the provision was such a secret, "the washington post" reports that some people in the white house didn't even know it existed, despite being in the president's signature legislation. health care advocate john alker did notice it and has a hunch where it came from. >> how do you think this got in there? >> i don't know. i'm assuming the nra put it in at the last minute. >> reporter: so who put it in there? it might surprise you to learn it was this man, the most powerful democrat in congress, senate majority leader harry
from them, why isn't congress holding hearings on this? rather than pulling the nra do into these meetings and brow-beating them over exercising a right that the founders guaranteed, why not invite the pharmaceutical companies into capitol hill and see if we can find the connection between these psychiatric drugs and the murder ags rages that they send some people into. >> shannon: larry hunter, spokesman for gun appreciation day on the 19th. many, many angles need to be discussed. we know those who are planning counter activities to what you have. we will see how it plays out on the 19th. >> thank you. >> shannon: join sean hannity for a one-hour special, as he talked to legal gun owner who is were publicly identified by a new york newspaper. he talks to them about their personal safety fears and what every gun overowner can do to protect their second amendment right. the nra's idea to place armed guards in schools may be gaining traction in texas. the lieutenant governor is proposing intensive training for teachers, in which each school district would decide who carri
.s. military so they can defend themselves against the u.s. military. and once again wayne lapierre of the nra is making an all out call to oppose all new measures for safety -- gun safety. he's against it all. >>> plus the right wing chorus calls the president's inaugural address too liberal. but the latest poll shows that most americans happen to agree with the president. what's the problem? >>> let me finish tonight with what we saw all day. a strong, confident, and happy secretary of state hillary clinton in a winning performance. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> republicans in the northeast of this country that criticize. chris christie is soaring. 74% approve of the job he's done. according to new quinnipiac poll. and what's more a margin of 5 to 1 they say he was right to criticize republicans including the leaders for delaying the vote on hurricane sandy relief. we'll be right back. he's big up there. while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-
protection from the law. bad companies don't deserve it. the nra has said the immunity provided by the 2005 law is vitally important and expected to strongly oppose schiff's bill. avery, how unique is the present immunity that gun industry enjoys? >> it's unbelievable. i think most americans would be shocked, miguel, so to know that in 2005 congress passed a law that said when it came to liability, when it came to negligence, when it came to products liability, the gun industry is absolutely immune. not only can you not bring a suit, you're not even allowed to do discovery. actually, this proposal is really an explosive way of addressing the issue of gun violence. so the question really becomes not legal but rather political. is there any possibility that the house of representatives is going to go along with representative schiff's proposal, and i think the proposal gets blown up like a tick on dracula. i don't think it has a chance. >> richard, if this immunity is taken away, what kind of lawsuits could gun manufacturers face? >> well, it's simple, miguel. for instance, if you went to buy
of why current gun-control laws simply are not enfrced. the nra's wayne lapierre insisting new laws will not curtail violence, now while the government already refuses to enforce existing laws. but the fact is we could dramatically and -- cut crime with guns and save lives all over this country if we would start enforcing the 9,000 federal laws we have on the books. i'm talking about drug dealers, gangs, felons. there is simply not being enforced. the numbers are shocking. lori: meanwhile, in the murder capital of the united states, the city with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation among the mayor is again practicing chicago are mending intimidation politics. asking several mutual funds to blacklist and manufacturers who do not go along with a left-wing attack on the second amendment. his statement reading, just like the banks and pension funds, i believe that these mutual funds can exert an enormous amount of influence by taking a stand against the manufacturers that continued to refuse to support common sense reforms like required background checks and an assault weapons
member of the nra. people who have been affected by gun violence, people have used guns to protect themselves and their families. we wanted this to try to be a discussion and get a lot of different view points in and see if there are any common grounds between those who are great advocates for more gun control and advocates for gun rights opposed to greater gun control or greater background check. so we wanted to try to look for common ground and not just look at guns but also mental health issues and where that is in the equation and school safety issues. it's going to be an interesting discussion tonight, wolf. >> i'm really looking forward to it. i hope you find common ground. this is a critically, critically important issue for our entire country. anderson's town hall tonight, 8:00 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. >>> up next, a catastrophic flooding taking an enormous economic toll on australia and they have an impact felt around the world. ake someone happy.♪ ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ ♪make just one heart to heart you - you sing to♪ ♪one smile that
millions of gun owners and their ultrapowerful lobbying group the nra. the latest push coming from senator dianne feinstein, the california democrat who authored the nation's original ban on assault weapons in the 1990s, but this ban would reportedly be much more strict. it would trap current gun owners and outlaw the future sale of some handguns and shotguns. joe johns joins us from washington, i understand that senator feinstein will show up holding a bushmaster. >> reporter: we don't know if she'll be holding it but we know she is going to have some weapons present that would be banned under her proposal, that would include bushmaster, as you know, they're fairly well-known, a bushmaster was we believe used by the shooter in newtown, connecticut. now, we know the broad outlines of what feinstein is likely to promow propose. it's been public for weeks. we look for detail, we expect a revised ban on the so-called military style assault weapons led to believe that means banning the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of about 150 firearms, some rifles, even possibly handguns, shot
action the shooter cho, including that day, was already illegal. a spokesman for the nra said that it is disappointing, but not surprising that she, senator feinstein, is focused on curtailing the constitution instead of protecting -- excuse me, prosecuting criminals or fixing our broken mental health care system. many say that they are not ready to support a new assault weapons ban. lou: thank you very much. shannon bream, fox news correspondent. one side claims we must reduce firepower available to those who were killed to prevent deaths when we can. many say that the 1994 assault weapons ban did nothing to rectify this. our two guests join us now to discuss the matter. thank you both for being with us tonight. are you hopeful that dianne feinstein's legislation will actually be template for what the democratic party will achieve? >> well, her bill is part of what the democratic party hopes to achieve and what the president hopes to achieve. gun control has always been a tough night. i helped lead the fight in 1994 when he passes them the first time. sure enough, we did get
lapierre executive vice president of the nra issues a fundraising letter saying this. i warned you this day was coming and now it's here. it's not about protecting your children. it's not about stopping crime. it's about banning your guns period. so what are we seeing here? a real political campaign. >> on the one side you have the grassroots organization that the obama for america team use. now, they can't coordinate with the white house, wolf, on this, but they are using all of their apparatus to get out their grass root supporters because what they are trying to do is mobilize voters in much the same way that the nra has done over the years, which is make people who are for some kind of gun regulation, single issue voters and come out and pressure members of congress who may be wavering in gun states and say to them, you know, we want something done. on the other side is the nra which has a huge grassroots organization. they are trying to mobilize their own voters. you saw that e-mail. we spoke yesterday about this provocative ad talking about the president'
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